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I just pulled this card for today, the 7 of pentacles. The Ibis may be pretty, arrange the pips on stylish backdrops, but that is all there is. The minors are pips as in not illustrated in any really meaningful way, just thrown out there for good measure. The LWB in German, goes on and on about how hard work brings in the profit. *sigh*

When I look at this image I don’t think about work at all. My mind goes off on a tangent about how the tree and the coins could be a family tree of some strangely mythological family including horses and half-gods. My imagination is so much more interesting then the mundane reality. That if you put your all into your work all this gold could be yours. I am somehow still in the back of my mind trying to incorporate a royal family which included horses…

Sticking to the genealogy angle, we got more birthdays and weddings coming up in the extended family this summer. It is bloody hard work (and expensive) to keep up with it all…

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Todays card is the 10 of Cups from the IBIS and it feels so full of movement, the large cup overflowing, the smaller dancing around it, propelled by water, the flowers opening their petals, even the little swirls in the hieroglyph in the corner. Just bouncing, dancing, moving.

Late post but today was rather packed. Woke up around 9 and then went to town for a shopping spree with a friend and mom. I got nifty and pretty things, came home for some ‘fika’ in the garden then a shower and dinner and all the usual mundane things. It has been a beautiful july day, sunny and warm with just a 30 second dew-drop like rain. Oh and my aunt called for a chat and we talked a bit about my biological father, her brother, and for once I wasn’t even annoyed or sad or angry or hurt when he came up in the conversations. I have my emotional safety net in place, for now. Life is not bad at all right now 😀



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Oh how this word, once so filled with magic, now only brings to mind sparkling Hollywood vampires and their insipid girlfriends. I show here the english version of the Ibis deck. My copy is German and the card is called Das Zwielicht, but my camera is recharging at the moment so you have to suffer this scan instead.

Today this card makes me think of how fast the light changes. Just a week ago it was midsummer and the sun never settled. Last night I stumbled on cat-toys in the darkness when I went to bed. We now have twilight and actual dusk again. The light is waning. But a long string of warm summer evenings still stretch ahead.

One detail I notice here is that the crustacean in the little pool is not a crab but a scorpion. It’s tail equipped with a stinger. One should thread here carefully. This is a hazardous passage, the twilight obscuring the path, the pool, the scorpion, the guardians and finally off in the distance the two pyramids. Only one has an open door though.


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This week I am gonna try to use the Ibis Tarot. It is made by Josef Machynka  in 1991 and published by AGMüller. The cards are lovely, with very nicely drawn figures and great colours, but the LWB and the cards are all in German and my German is quite hopeless. I can understand the card names well enough but will not be using the LWB at all and since I am not good with pip minors we’ll just see where this leads me.

I got this deck in a trade at least 8 years ago, perhaps more. And I stuck it in a bag and put it in a shoebox and stuffed the shoebox in a cupboard. Just because the pips felt like hard work.

So of course my first draw with this deck is a minor.

Die Sieben Schwerter – 7 of Swords. Over an empty desert-scape we see the shimmering clouds of a sunset. Super imposed on this landscape are 2 geometrical shapes formed by blue tinted steel swords with golden handles. The square and the triangle. I rack my brain to come up with anything. Then just look at it. The shape for me does not make me think of occult or masonic emblems. It makes me think of parts made to draw a house.

So we have the structure of a house, yet not a real house but a house of swords/mind. I build houses in my mind all the time! I just came home from a quick stop at moms for coffee and we redesigned her whole house as in the ‘if I win a million’ scenario. all those plans we carry around, the dreams, the ‘what if’s…

So today I am looking around me to see how to bring some life into my very real house, how to infuse it with energy and how to manifest my astral house in the here and now despite not owning millions.